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Old 12-17-2012, 10:46 AM   #15
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On the Apple front, is anyone using an Apple TV in their Airstream? Just purchased one for at home and love the integration with the computer, iPad, etc. along with watching Netflix.
I use a 720p Apple TV in my 2012 23' International CCD. I love it. A Blu-ray Disc player came with it but I've never even used it. In fact, I'd rather reclaim the storage area in the front locker for other stuff. Like others have mentioned, I try to plan ahead and have all of the content on my iPad or MacBook Air to deliver to the Apple TV.

At home I use a Mac mini with an EyeTV doohickey attached to it and a HD cable box from my cable provider. With this setup I can record HD TV shows to my computer, quickly convert them to iPad format, and sync them via iTunes to the iPad. My job requires regular overnight travel during the week and this is a great way for me to take TV content with me. It's like a DVR with the added portability that the iPad offers. There's even an iPad/iPhone app for the EyeTV that lets you set up recordings remotely if you forget and you're away from home.

Apple was ahead of the game on this stuff versus Microsoft. Now that Microsoft has their Surface tablet, it's likely a similar setup could be accomplished with the Surface, Windows 7 or 8 PC, Hauppauge (sp?) HD recording device, cable or satellite box, and finally, some kind of PC compatible box like the Apple TV that would stream Windows native file formats without the lengthy file conversion to support Apple TV from a PC.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:23 PM   #16
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Have had all three versions of the MacBook Air...but went to the 15" MacBook Pro with the retina display. NOW I hear that next year they'll be putting retina display's in the MacBook Air! Which means, I'll go back to the Air. The Pro is awesome, all solid state like the Air....but the display makes the Air look like a 60's tv. And, yes, I also have the iPad 4 and the iPhone 5. Not sure I'd put the TV in the trailer as there just isn't enough bandwidth in most parks to download movies in a reasonable period of time.
Good point with the bandwidth available at most campgrounds. Probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense other then using it as an Airplay monitor for an iPad or computer (looking at photos, etc).
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:36 PM   #17
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Have had all three versions of the MacBook Air...but went to the 15" MacBook Pro with the retina display. NOW I hear that next year they'll be putting retina display's in the MacBook Air! Which means, I'll go back to the Air. The Pro is awesome, all solid state like the Air....but the display makes the Air look like a 60's tv. And, yes, I also have the iPad 4 and the iPhone 5. Not sure I'd put the TV in the trailer as there just isn't enough bandwidth in most parks to download movies in a reasonable period of time.
If they do go w/ a retina in the MBA, the battery life will probably go down. I made the switch from being a lifelong PC only guy 3 yrs ago, haven't looked back. Because I'm a programer I required a little more power from my unit, so my wife and I went with 13' MBP retina's, the great thing is we can charge them pretty well off portable solar.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:26 PM   #18
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Have a 2012 11" MBA for travel (modified with an OWC 480GB SSD) along with the 13" and 15" MBPro retina models. The MBA is more airline friendly in the cramped tourist seats, but the 13" will work in economy plus. Battery life is much shorter on the Pro models, but on United International flights there is a power outlet to keep the unit energized.

The Pro models do spoil one's eyes with the better displays.
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:43 PM   #19
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:56 AM   #20
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I have a 2011 MacBook Air running 10.9.5. I use Handbrake to rip DVDs I rent and put the files on my MacBook air or our iPad. I use HDMI/Thunderbolt connector on the MacBook Air and VLC to run the movie on the TV's HDMI port. The iPad has the 30pin to HDMI adapter. Works great on both. After we watch the movie I delete the files. We typically only watch the movies once. My 2007 iMac 20" 2.4ghz runs great on 10.9. I just upgraded it's internal hard drive to a Seagate 2 gig 7200rpm Hybrid hard drive. I'm good for another 7 years.

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Old 10-08-2014, 10:42 AM   #21
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Here's a deal on an older 11" Macbook Air for $499:

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Old 10-08-2014, 03:06 PM   #22
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I just got a brand spanking new MacBook Pro 15 inch retina. 1tb SSD & 16gb of memory. Thing is a beast. Loving this rig. Should last me a couple more years of work. Got enough power to handle my podcasting and videocasts I do.

Still, I could probably make do on an Air again if two things where meet, more than 8gb of memory and retina.

God I love this display.
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:09 PM   #23
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Our 10 year old MacBook Pro, a hand me up from our art director son, finally bit the dust over the weekend, so now we have a brand new 13 inch MacBook Pro. Looking forward to using it on the road and really love the fact that now all my web applications will work without telling me how far out of date my versions of browsers are.....
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Years ago I carried an iMac in the Airstream. At one campground wifi was only available in the community room. So I was carrying my iMac to the room and someone I passed saw the iMac and said "Oh, you must be the guy in the Airstream".
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I suggest Chromebooks. They are very fast to recharge and great for surfing the net. No cd drive but they do have usb and hdmi ports
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I use both Apple products (iPad and MacBook) and Windows devices. Apple stuff is nice, but I only use it for entertainment or mindless surfing. It seems everything in my professional life is still Windows based. And I love my Windows Phone. Not a hater, but not going to endorse one view over the other, either. As I age, however, I am more inclined to push away the maker of the devise which won't let me upgrade software after only four years. My original iPad is now just an expensive alarm clock I can surf with. My older windows based laptop runs better on Windows 8 than it ever did on Vista. Would love a new iPad, but not if it will be obsolete in only two years.
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